Waumbek

Hiked Waumbek on 7/6/2015. This was peak number 559 for “The Grid over 60”. Bill and Diane Schor joined me for this hike. It was a warm hazy day with a few black flies but still a pretty nice hike. The plan was to summit Waumbek and then continue on the Kilkenny Ridge trail over South, Middle and North Weeks to the York Pond  trail and out to the fish hatchery where we had spotted a car. We got started up the trail and soon passed the cistern on the side of the trail which was the water source for some of the old houses.

Cistern on the side of Starr King trail
Cistern on the side of Starr King trail

We continued up the trail and met some other hikers and their dogs who were enjoying a soak in the spring.

Cooling off in the spring
Cooling off in the spring

We reached the summit of Starr King which is just shy of 4000 feet, the views were hazy.

Hazy view from Starr King
Hazy view from Starr King

There are still the remains of a cabin that was at the summit for the firetower.

Chimney and fireplace on Starr King
Chimney and fireplace on Starr King

We then hiked over to the summit of Waumbek where I had my PBJ and Bill and Diane had sardines and crackers.

Bill and Diane on the summit of Waumbek
Bill and Diane on the summit of Waumbek
The hazy view of Washington from Waumbek
The hazy view of Washington from Waumbek

We continued on over the summits of South, Middle and North Weeks. I had never hiked this portion of the Kilkenny Ridge trail and needed it to get me close to finishing redlining all the trails in the AMC’s White Mountain Guide. They are also on the New Hampshire 100 highest list. The trail doesn’t get a lot of use so was a little overgrown in places and a few blowdowns, but we had no trouble following the trail.

Diane on the trail with a lot of ferns
Diane on the trail with a lot of ferns
Abandoned dam at the end of the trail
Abandoned dam at the end of the trail

This was the only stream crossing where I got my feet wet. A few boards over the dam would have ben helpful. Only 17 peaks left to finish “The Grid over 60”.

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